IVON HITCHENS: BRITISH 1893 – 1979

Ivon Hitchens is widely regarded as the outstanding English landscape painter of the 20th century. His daring yet subtle use of colour and brush mark makes his work instantly recognisable in public and private collections throughout the world.

Ivon Hitchens was born in London in 1893, son of the landscape artist Alfred Hitchens. Between 1912 and 1919, during the First World War, he studied at St John’s Wood School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools.

In 1922, Ivon Hitchens began exhibiting with the 7 & 5 society in London. The group of artists was founded in 1919 and was initially conservative in outlook, intending to promote a ‘return to order’ following the First World War. However, shortly after Ivon Hitchens became a member, the group was joined by modernist artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and later John Piper. Ivon Hitchens embraced the ideas on artistic abstraction advocated by his fellow members and during the 1920s his mature style began to develop.

During the 1920s and ’30s Ivon Hitchens lived and worked Hampstead, within the avant-garde circle known as the London Group. This incorporated members of the 7 & 5 society as well as prestigious artists such as Naum Gabo and Paul Nash. However, he and his wife left London in 1940 and moved to a patch of woodland called Greenleaves near Petworth in West Sussex.

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